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JNUSU polls: Counting of votes underway, United Left leading on all central posts

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Students at in front of Counting centre in JNU campus before JNU election result 2018.

The counting of votes is underway in the closely watched students’ union election at Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University. According to latest reports, the United left is leading in all central panel posts.

As per the latest data released by the election committee, after counting 3,281 out of 5185 votes, N Sai Balaji, presidential candidate of the Left is leading with 1,350 votes. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidate Lalit Pandey was at the second position with 605 votes followed by Thallapalli Praveen from BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association).

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United Left is also far ahead of its rivals in the other central panel posts of vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary.

The counting of votes resumed earlier in the day after being suspended for for nearly 14 hours on Saturday by election authorities citing ‘forcible entry’ and ‘attempts to snatch away ballot boxes’ at the counting venue after ABVP staged protests claiming that it was not informed about the process.

The counting, which was suspended at 4 am, resumed at 6.30 pm after two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said.

The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election on Friday was 67.8 per cent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.

The Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF) have come together to form the United-Left alliance.

Besides the Left bloc, there are candidates of the ABVP, the NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) and BAPSA.

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